What a great day! The island was bustling with volunteers, projects, and birds! We got birds!
With the arrival of Andy and Jeff, the station was able to run all the nets to greet the overnight arrivals. Between Peg, Andy, and Jeff banding and great teamwork, 144 birds were banded. The two highest numbers by species were OVEN (29) and BAWW (35). Fortunately for the station, Bill could help run the nets rather than chase gulls.
It was also a busy day in the station. Many volunteers stopped in to see some of the treasures we work with. It was a day of many showcase birds. Pictures are attached. Some volunteers brought by the bird of the day, found in the Swimming Pool (last picture).
Hal Weeks gave a presentation in the evening about his years of research locating and photographing the spots on Appledore Island where Childe Hassam painted his famous Appledore landscapes in the late 1880’s and early 1900’s.
A Childe Hassam exhibit currently at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh of Hassam’s Appledore scenes is built upon Hal’s work and turns the art world spotlight on Appledore. The “don’t miss” exhibit will move to the Peabody Essex Museum in July.
We hope that many of you will be able to experience a similar day on Appledore this spring.
Peg, Bill, Andy and Jeff